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About The North Platte semi-weekly tribune. (North Platte, Neb.) 1895-1922 | View Entire Issue (July 4, 1919)
THE SEMI-WEEKLY TRIDUNE, NORTH PLATTE, NEBRASKA.
FROM ALL SECTIONS OF
THIS MAJESTIC STATE
Reports of Interesting Happenings
Throughout Nebraska Condensed
to a Few Lines for Quick
Dean. O. W. Hastings of tho Uni
versity of Nebraska collcgo of law
announced at Lincoln Unit lie had
lioon retained by the German Luther
an synod of Missouri nnd Bohemian
soclotlos of Oniaha as counsel In their
light ngnlnst tho validity of tho pn
rochlal school law of tho last lcgtsla
tnre. Ho also made the announce
ment he had been employed by the
German-American Alliance several
years ngo to prepare tho Mockctt law,
requiring the teaching of foreign lan
guages In Nebraska schools on petl
tlon of patrons.
Nebraska Inwmakers who1 voted for
tho measure at tho last session of tho
legislature which provides for the
election of delegates to tho constltu
tlonal convention on n non-partisan
ballot are not nlarmod over tho report
of a committee of Illinois lawyers
holding that such an act under the
constitution of Illinois which Is the
same as Nebraska's would bo Illegal.
The threat of County Attorney Ed
gerton of Hamilton county to prose
cute Miss Mary Regler, who operated
n school near Henderson In which
German was taught In the study of
lessons from the bible, resulted In tho
discontinuance of tho school.
Governor McKelvle says he expects
to hire an efficiency expert to help In
stnll new departments of the stato
administration reorganized nfter tho
federal cabinet system by tho code
lilll of tho last legislature.
The extension department of the
state university Is preparing to Intro
duce a number of now features In
connection with their exhibit at the
Thayer county fair to be held in
Deshler, August 20-29.
Tho transcontinental flying circus
which will travel over tho country for
the purpose of Interesting young men
In the possibilities of tho air service,
will visit a number of Nebraska cities
More than two score Nebraska com
munities have asked for, the asslst-
ance of Miss Louise Murphy, the
state's iirst public health nurso. Miss
Murphy began her work the first of
The furm of Edward Jordan, near
"Wilcox, an interned German alien,
lias been ordered sold ' by the alien
property custodian to satisfy a
910,000 alimony judgment obtained by
Unless drastic action 13 taken at
once to destroy cutworms working on
Douglas county alfalfa crops, a great
loss may bo experienced by farmers
according to County Agent Maxwell
The acrlcultural department at
Washington reports that crops in Ne
braska, counting tho entire field and
comparing to the ten-year average oro
In 112 per cent condition.
The proposition to erect a modern
rural high school building at Ellis,
failed, as two of tho districts In Lin
coln township voted against erecting
the proposed now building.
The Colorado and Wyoming division
of tho Sons of Veterans has Indorsed
Lieutenant Governor Barrows of Ne
braska for commander-in-chief of the
A statue to cost about $300 Is to
be erected on the Thayer county fair
grounds at Deshler as a memorlnl for
the soldiers of the county.
Petitions are In circulation for more
than three miles of paving In Aurora
It is not likely that any construction
work will bo done until next spring,
Voters of Douglas county approved
n $3,000,000 paved road bond proposl
tlon at a special election by a major
lty of three to one.
Nearly two miles of tho grading on
the federal and state aid road project,.
between Fremont and Cereseo, hns
A contract has been awarded for tho
laying of forty blocks of brick paving
at Wnhoo. The contract price is $3.48
a square yard.
The Nebraska Epworth Assembly
will be held at Lincoln during tho ten
duv neriod between July 29 and Au
' Dawes County Development Associa
tion hns decided to spend $1500 adver
tising the resources of the county.
In some sections of Thayer nnd
surrounding counties there Is n short
nge of carpenters and laborers.
Hogs sold for $21.10 per hundred
on the South Omaha market the other
day, the highest on rocord.
Miss Ethel MoflUt, aged 15, daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Momtt,
old residents of western Nebraska,
lost her life by drowning In tho Far
mers' canal at Scottsbluff.
Replies to Governor McKelvle's In
nulry to stato senators and reprcscn
tatlvos relntlrig to tho ndvlsablllty of
calling tho legislature In special ses
slon to act on the suffrage nmend
mont Indicate that n majority of the
members are In favor of tho movo,
nnd some advise that the codo law
Peter O'Shea of Scottsbluff is suing
the North Americnn Hotel compnny
for $32,000, charging that tho com
pany bought three lots from him In
Scottsbluff, stating that they Intended
to build a hotel on tho property nnd
that thev have never finished tho ho
tel nor nald him for the lots.
There will bo no paving of the Lln-
roln hlirhwny through North Platto
this year. A petition signed by two
thirds of tho proporty owners on tho
street through which tho highway
runs, has registered sentiment against
largo number of motor trucks for
uso in building roads In Nebraska
have been recolved by tho stato engi
neer at Lincoln from tho government.
Nebraska's allotment will be about
400 trucks. Thoso trucks aro not to
bo apportioned out to tho different
counties, but will bo placod whero
they will bo needed nnd used tho
Following tho report from Knnsas
that I. W. W. ngltators In that stato
aro threatening to destroy wheat
crops as a protest against wages
being pnld farm hands, both tho gov
ernor's ofllco and tho stato flro war
den at Lincoln report that no com
plnlnts or warnings In that direction
have been given them.
According to Stato Horticulturist
Weber, Nebraska's f rtllt crop this yenr
will run about as follows: Apples,
SO to fiO per cent over the nvqrage for
preceding years; cherries SO per cent
above tho nverago; pears, 20 and ber
ries 75 to 60. Tho poach crop will
about equal that of 1018.
A number of Chadron business men
are about to begin tho construction of
a pipe lino from tho extensive oil
Holds north of Lusk, Wyo. This, it Is
believed, will give Chndron a cheap
fuel and greatly assist tho growth of
The legal department of Adams
county nnd Hastings have agreed that
Sunday baseball IS Illegal In Hastings.
Consequently, it Is said, no nttempt
Will be made to engngo In tho nation
al pastime In tho city or county on
tho Sabbath tills season.
Lincoln voted two million dollars
for new school buildings at a special
bond election. The vote was very
light, standing 1,391 for an 440
against. Of tho votes cast for tho Is
sue 520 were by women of the city.
n effort will bo made by a Fre
mont committee to secure tho serv
ices of Gen. John J. Pershing, Amer
ican commander In Franco, for tho
principal address on Fremont's bomb
coming celebration, August 15.
W. T. Thompson of Lincoln has
been chosen chairman of the execu
tive committee of the New-Nebrnslcn
Federation, an organization started to
help elect certain delegates to tho
state constitutional convention.
Daylight saving was abandoned by
tho village of Dunbar last Monday.
The scheme was too Inconvenient for
the people to wait for the repeal of
tho law In October, so the old order
of things was adopted.
The government army motor track
train which Is to cross tho continent
to stimulate Interest In a transconti
nental highway, will leave Washing-
ton July 7 nnd will pass through Ne
braska early In August.
Paving to cost around $50,000 will
bo laid at Laurel, a contract having
been let for the work., Nearly $13,000
worth of now water mains aro also
to be laid In the town.
A violent brill storm, covering
strip four miles wide nnd thlrty-threo
miles. In length, caused several thou
sand dollars' damage to crops In cen
tral Thayer county.
Wheat harvesting has commenced
In some sections of tho southern part
of the .state, and some dllllculty la
being experienced In securing help,
All high price records for Boono
county farm land wero shattered
when Col. Dan Fuller sold his 100
acre farm 'near Albion for $00,000.
The William Lehnhon farm, nenr
Louisville, consisting of 100 acres,
was sold for $300 per acre, a record
price for land In the vicinity.
August 15 Is the date selected for
home-coming celebration for Dodgo
county soldiers and snllors. The af
fair will be held at Fremont.
Property and crops In western
Douglas county wero severely dam
aged by a terrific wind and hall storm
that swept tho district last week.
The bonrd of directors of the Hast
ings Chnmber of Commerce unani
mously voted for tho return , of tho
railroads to private ownership.
Old settlers of tho southwestern
pnrt of tho state say that tho signs
of prosperity on all sides were never
so bright as at present.
A number of corn and wheat fields
In tho vicinity of Fremont wero bndly
blown down when a young tornado
visited the district.
Elmwood Is planning a home-coming
celebration for her soldier boys.
August 31 Is the date set for tho
State ofllclals are making prepara
tions to re-nppralse school lands in
Custer, Sheridan nnd other northwest
Tho Fremont Commercial club has
decided to secure suitable grounds for
tho landing of aeroplanes.
While bathing In the Elkhorn river
nenr Beemcr, Sam Rich, Jr., 18, lost
his life by drowning.
A fast amnteur baseball club has
been orgnnlzed by citizens of Wahoo.
A good sized fund has been raised by
public subscription to support tho
According to rallrond crop experts,
condition of wheat, corn, oats, barley,
sugar boots and other crops In Ne
braska Is tho best. Winter wheat,
threatened by rust, Is safe, It Is said.
Au average crop of fruit Is reported.
Tho state bonrd of agriculture has
reported that tho spring wheat acre
age In Nebraska totals approximately,
Stato Engineer George Johnson has
appointed the following superintend
ents of the Ave divisions of the stato
under which tho system of road build
ing will be carried on: First district,
E. II. Morey of Lincoln. Second dis
trict, M. F. Rlnck of Norfolk. Third
district, Harold Cochran of North
Platte. Fourth district. It. O. Groen of
nnstlngs. Fifth district, J. II. Me
Lean of Bridgeport.
What the Battle of Bunker
Hill Meant to the Revo
LITTLE beforo sunset, 143
years ago, a few hundred
American troops stacked
their guns, threw off their
packs, seized their trenching tools and
set to- work with great spirit. At mid
night Boston was burled In sleep. The
sentry's cry of "All's well!" could bo
heard distinctly from Its shores.
At dawn, 143 years ago, tho Ameri
cana nt work wore seen by the sailors
on board the British ships of war and
tho alarm was given. Tho captain of
the Lively, the nearest ship, without
waiting for orders, put n spring upon
her cable and, bringing her guns to
bear, opened a Are upon tho hill. One
man, among a number who had in
cautiously ventured outside, wns kill
ed. A subaltern reported his death to
Colonel Prescott and asked what wns
to bo done. "Bury him," was tho re
ply. It was tho first fatality In the battle
of Bunker Hill, ono of the most mo
mentous conflicts In our Revolutionary
history. It was tho first regular bat
tle betwen tho British and the Ameri
cans and most eventful In its conse
quences. The British had ridiculed
them ns dastardly and Inefficient; yet
here the best British troops, led on by
experienced officers, were repeatedly
repulsed by nn Inferior forco of that
enemy mcro yeomanry from works
thrown up In n single night, and suf
fered a loss rarely paralleled In battle
with tho most veteran soldiers. Ac
cording to their own returns their
killed nnd wounded, out of a detach
ment of 2,000 men, amounted to 1,054
and a large proportion of them offi
cers. The loss of the Americans was
411, out of 1,500 meu engaged. So the
number of casualties in this battle
was more than 80 per cent of the num
ber in action, thus placing It among
tho bloodiest battles known to history.
At Waterloo the British loss was less
than 84 per cent. No wonder thnt
June 17 is to Boston a Becond Fourth
Battle Meant Everything.
A gallant loyalist of Massachusetts,
who fought so well for King Georgo
that hp rose to be n full general In the
British army, regarded Bunker Hill as
n transaction which controlled every
thing that followed. "You could not,"
ho would sny to his friends on the
other side, "have succeeded without
Bunker Hill exhibited tho Ameri
cans to nil tho world as a people to
bo courted by allies and counted with
by foes. It wns a marvel that so many
armed citizens had been got together
so quickly nnd still n greater marvel
that they had stayed together so long.
Lexington Green, Massachusetts
Battle of Bunker
After the engagement nt Lexington
on April 10 tho British force under
General Gngo was lncrensed to 10,000
men by the arrival of Generals Howe,
Clinton and Burgoyno with their com
mands from England. These occupied
the town of Boston on a pcnlnsuln ex
tending Into tho hnrbor. Tho nnval
forces consisted of tho Falcon, Lively,
Somerset, Symmetry, Glasgow and
four floating batteries. Across the
Charles river nt Cambridge, aud on
the surrounding hills, were encamped
between 10,000 and 20,000 undid
pllned Americans. Tho British, thus
cut off from communication with tho
mainland, were seriously hampered
for provisions, and General Gage con-
Bunker Hill Monument Charlcstown,
templated a movement to occupy the
several heights near Charlcstown, at
Dorchester nnd ndjncent points.
Tho nrrivnl of such a formidable
forco of tho enemy caused tho gravest
concern to tho colonists. It was ru
mored that tho British would sally
forth from Boston and burn tho neigh
boring towns. It wnfi to prevent this
thnt the Americans determined to
fortify Bunker Hill ; for If tho British
should get out of tho city nnd lntrqnch
upon Dorchester heights to tho south
of Boston, tho continental position
would be made untenable.
Not nn unnecessary sound wns made
during tho long hours of the night of
Juno 10, 1775, and when dawn came
lntrenchmcnts six feet high along the
side of tho hill were disclosed. In the
face of tho flro from tho enemy ships
nnd by the battery on Copp's hill the
Americans kept steadily at work com-
plctlng their lntrenchmcnts nnd, when
there was a slight show of faltering
nfter n shot better directed than tho
others had dono somo execution In tho
trenches, Prescott himself mounted
the works and mnrched to nnd fro
with drawn Bword, regardless of tho
fact that ho was n mark for tho Brit
ish. He thus preserved the courago of
his men who had never beforo been
British Began Attack.
It was about three o'clock In tho af
ternoon when tho British troops, sup
ported by a terrific bombardment
from tho ships In tho hnrbor, ad
vanced In solid column against tho
fortifications. Confidently thoy ap
proached tho works of tho Americans,
construing tho slienco on tho hilltop
ns timidity. They changed their nttl-
tudo on this point when thoy nrrlvcd
within n few hundred feet of tho re
doubt. Tho Americans had been or
dered to refrain from firing until tho
command wns given. Thus It wns tho
British advancing over tho open
stretch of ground, panting from tho
licnt nnd tho weight of their knnp
sacks, heard tho word "Firel" nt tho
moment of their supremo confidence,
nnd recoiled beforo a volley that
mowed down mnny of tliclr number.
A deadly flro was poured Into tho
British columns, tho marksmen of tho
Amorlcans picking off tho officers,
Along tho wholo lino of fortifications,
from tho rail fenco to tho redoubt, tho
British columns advanced a second
tlmo nnd onco moro wero met with
deadly flro. Now, however, they wero
prepnred for It; although staggered by
tho shock, thoy coon rallied and con
tinued their advance. Tho Americans
fired with such rapidity thnt It seemed
as If n continuous stream of flro
poured out from tho redoubt.
Brought Help to Prescott.
Although tho field was strewn with
their dead, tho British ngaln attempt
ed to tnko tho Americnn position.
Prescott had sent for re-enforccments
early In tho day nnd John Stnrk, with
his New Hnmpshlro company, had
courageously crossed Churlestown
neck uuder n severe flro from tho ene
my. But tho hazard of tho attempt
deterred other commanders from
bringing troops to the support of the
With ammunition almost exhausted
nnd troops tired out from tho strain
to which they had been subjected,
Prescott renllzed tho futility of hold
ing his position In tho face of repeat
ed attacks by tho reformed nnd rc-on
forced British lines. Nevertheless, he
determined ngaln to mensuro his
strength with tho ndversnry; and,
with n command to his men to make
every shot tell, ho awaited tho ad
vnnco of the British. Agnln tho Inttci
wero permitted to ndynnco. within 20
yards of tho American works beforo
they were, fired upon. Tho British line
wns broken, but still It ndvnnccd.
With their powder now quite exhaust
ed, the Americans met their opponents
with clubbed muskets nnd biiyonots.
Tho odds wero too great and Pres
cott ordered his men to retreat. It
was In doing this thnt tho Americans
suffered tliclr henvlcst loss; among
others who fell wns Wnrrcn, ono of tho
most cherished of tho popular leaders
"As a true socialist," remarked tho
man with rambling whlskors, "I pro
test ngnlnst thoso street car fares. I
want them evened up."
"You think tho pnsscngcr who rides
tho farthest ought to pay tho most?"
"No, sir. Tho long rldo Is no fnVor
to him. Tho mnn who hnb tho com
fort nnd convenience of n short trip
Is tho ono who ought to pay tho
AN UNRULY NAG.
Bugr Driver Look what that fool
horso does ovcry tlmo I say "back
More About Joshua.
That Joshua wns a wonder!
Ho not only stoppod tho sun,
But ho hadn't any paronts,
For ho was tho son of Nun.
Something to Worry About.
"What's the mnttcr, old pal?
look terribly blue."
"I nm blue. I've been rejected"
"Oh, cheer up I There hro plenty of
other girls, nnd anyhow She may
chnngo her mind."
"Gront Scott, mnn! It's not n girl,
but a life Insurance compnny that has
Her New Hat.
Old Brother Now that strikes mo
as n silly lint. Why, you can't seo
where you're going nnd It doesn t
shndo tho back of your head.
Young Sister Never mind my ncnu
or whero I'm going. Tho purpose of
a woman's lint Is to make men iooi:
under It. Sidney Bulletin.
"I wish you would spenk to my hus-
bnnd about oyster culture."
"Isn't ho Interested In It?-
"I should sny not. You Just ought
to henr him eat oystor stew."
Belle This fashion sheet Is speak
ing of the uniform styles of tho sea
son. Nell I suppose they menn army
clothes will bo popular.
"Where's the old man, Bill?"
"Why, his wife caught him shoveling
In chicken pie nt n swell restaurant
nnd now he's eating humble pie In the
BUI Buff My, what a largo body
of water. It must bo tho Atlantic
"Mabel must be color blind."
"Whnt makes you think so?"
"Becnuso when sho wanted to find
tho Green family sho looked In the
"I hear tho prisoner was In a per
foct fever when ho found tho de
tectives wero on his trnck."
"Then I guess it wus tho spotted
And He Generally Is,
ne Tho lecturer said that a wlfo
should bo an open book to her hus
band. She I admit that, my dear. And u
husband should bo uu open pocket
book to his wife.
Wife Gave Husband a Tip.
Wlfo (at tho play) "That act wac
full of dry humor."
Husband (delightedly) "I suppose
that's why I'm so thirsty. Excuse mo u
minute." London Tit-Bits.
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